Tag Archives: Tooting and Mitcham United FC

Stepney Close

Road built on the site of the former Tooting & Mitcham United football ground, and named after Alex Stepney who was born in Mitcham and played for the club in the early 1960s.

OpenStreetMap, 2018, shows the road as Stepney Way

The Royalmail website shows two addresses, number 1 and 3, both with the postcode CR4 2GG.

Laburnum Park Estate

Laburnum Park was the name used for the housing development on the former Mitcham Stadium site. It may have been the name given by Wates Ltd, the developers, who bought the site in 1955.

In the Mitcham Borough council minutes of 14th June, 1956, the road names were recommended:

Mitcham Borough minutes, volume 23, 1956 to 1957, page 67

From OpenStreetMap, 2018

Newspaper Items

Norwood News, 15th May, 1959, via the British Newspaper Archives.

MITCHAM, Laburnum Park Estate – Two-year old luxury, modern, terrace house, three bdrms., bthrm., open plan downstairs, central heating, Marley floor, large kit., garage; £3,300 freehold – Box N0790, News, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News, 29th April, 1960, via the British Newspaper Archives.

Members of the Laburnum Park Estate Residents’ Association, Mitcham, presented one of their neighbours – England and Surrey Cricketer Ken Barrington – with a golf trolley at a dance held in his honour at the White Hart Hotel, Mitcham, on Friday. Pictured with Ken, who recently returned from the West Indies with the M.C.C., are officials of the association and Tooting and Mitcham players Brian Bennett, Paddy Hasty and Ted Murphy, who were among the guests.

Beddington Corner Football Club



Names on this photo


  • T. Ciani
  • F. Elwood
  • A. Lucas
  • P. Howes
  • D. Vaughan
  • T. Reirling
  • B. Childs
  • K. Harwood
  • J. Vaughan
  • W. Smith
  • G. Streeter
  • Seated

  • D. Holmes
  • Eric Stepney
  • W. Dixon
  • D. Brockwell
  • D. Herriman
  • K. Abbott

Eric Stepney was the brother of Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney, who played for Tooting & Mitcham United FC and after whom the road Stepney Close is named.

Tom Higgs

Thomas Higgs was known as the “Sporting Mayor” of Mitcham in 1957.

1st May 1958 at Hall & Co. This clip is from Merton Memories photo, reference Mit_Work_Industry_2-12

From the Norwood News – Friday 28 June 1957, via the British Newspaper Archive

The Sporting Mayor

THE borough of Mitcham has been fortunate in recent years in having mayors who show a keen interest in local sporting activities. The present one, Coun. Tom Higgs is no exception.

He is an official of Mitcham Boxing Club, an A.B.A. judge, a keen cricketer and a soccer fan. He is a vice-president of local amateurs Tooting and Mitcham.

Now I am pleased to see that the sports-conscious Mayor and I have something in common. We both believe that something must be done to liven up amateur soccer.

At United’s club dinner on Saturday the Mayor said he was concerned about the fall of gates and growing lack of interest in the game (although, of course, this doesn’t apply to United at the moment—but it could in the future). He suggested that more importance should be attached to league games.

” Dare I suggest a promotion/ relegation system ? ” he asked.

This, of course, is not new. But surely the time has come for the amateur bodies that be to give it their EARNEST consideration

Among his sporting interests:

boxing – he was secretary of the London Amateur Boxing Association in 1960;

cricket – he wrote the history of the Mitcham Cricket Club in the booklet ‘300 Years of Mitcham Cricket’ (a reprinted paperback book is available on Amazon.co.uk);

soccer – he was vice-president of Tooting & Mitcham.

Photos on Merton Memories:


Home Guard Memorial Service in 1957



Planting a bush at Glebelands Old Peoples Home in 1957


At a Rotary Club event



At a Chamber of Commerce Dinner



At another Chamber of Commerce dinner


Crowning Mitcham’s May Queen, Elizabeth Holbrow in 1958


At a Labour Party social in 1958


With his wife on leaving the office of mayor